9 Dog Christmas Cookie Recipes

Chocolate Lab in Santa hat in front of fire

I love baking at holiday time. One of my favorite cookies to make (and eat) are jelly thumbprint cookies. But human cookies have too much sugar for dogs to eat more than very occasionally and sometimes contain ingredients that aren’t dog safe. Here are 9 dog Christmas cookie recipes so that your dog can join in the festivities with you and if you want to further the holiday baking fun, check out these 7 Mint Dog Treats Recipes!

Blueberry Honey Dog Christmas Cookie Recipe

Dog and cat in Santa hats at a table in front of christmas tree with cookies and milk. Dog looking at the camera as cat drinks the milk.

This recipe is sweetened with natural honey and dried blueberries and made with peanut butter, which dogs LOVE. Just make sure to get all natural peanut butter so that it doesn’t have an xylitol in it, because xylitol is dangerous for dogs.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup dried blueberries
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (smooth, crunchy, doesn’t matter)
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • ½ cup honey

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. (You can use mist olive oil).
  3. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients: the flour and baking powder, and blueberries.
  4. Then, drop in the peanut butter, add the hot water and honey. Stir to combine. You want it to be like bread dough, so adjust honey & water to make sure it’s not too sticky or too dry.  Add more flour if it’s too wet.
  5. Roll it out on a floured surface and cut out.  Use any cookie cutters you like.
  6. Spread the shapes on the cookie sheet.
  7. Leave room between them, so they don’t stick together when they expand.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes.
  9. Allow the cookies to cool completely before serving.
  10. Store the cookies in an airtight container.

This recipe is courtesy of Positively Victoria Stillwell

Gingerbread Dog Cookies

These gingerbread dog cookies are so darn cute! They aren’t as sweet as the human version, but they are human safe. So, if you want, you can eat them too!

Ingredients:
1 cup molasses
4 tablespoons honey
1 cup water
½ cup vegetable oil
6 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger or one tsp. of dried powder ginger

Directions:

  1. The first thing you need to do it Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Next you will need two bowls, one medium, and one large.  
  3. Combine the molasses, honey, water, and oil in the medium bowl.
  4. In the large bowl mix the flour, the baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. Then you will want to slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Make sure you combine them well.
  5. Now, divide this dough in four balls, wrap each ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 – 5 hours, or you can freeze them for 1 – 2 hours (just don’t let them get solid!)
  6. After the dough is cold, lightly flour your surface and roll the dough out into about 1/4″ thickness.  Remember, the thicker you make it, the longer it will take to cook.
  7. Now cut the dough out into fun shapes, such as Gingerbread men, with a cookie cutter.  You can also forget about shapes, and use a pizza cutter and make the cookies into squares and strips, depending on what you want to do.
  8. Now for the baking! Bake for around 20 – 25 Minutes, until the cookies start to get brown. You can take one out and break it to see how crunchy it is.  If you want it really crunchy, then you will want to bake them longer.

Thank you to Gone to the Snow Dogs for this recipe!

Dog Cookies with Pumpkin and Peanut Butter

Boston terriier puppy looking over edge of table at plate of cookies

There are very few ingredients that say “winter holiday” as much as pumpkin. These dog cookies are simple to put together and smell fantastic when they are baking.

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.

Thank you to allrecipes.com for this recipe!

Christmas Cookies for Dogs

This recipe makes a sturdy dog treat that stores well. You can even use these to decorate a special tree just for your dog.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour see note below for substitutions
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter SEE NOTE
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 egg

INSTRUCTIONS

  • preheat oven to 350F
  • In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, and the egg. Add peanut butter, water, honey and stir until you have stiff dough. the dough becomes very firm and sticky. you may need to use your hands, or the paddle attachment on your mixer.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough about 1/2 inch thick and use a cookie cutter to make fun shapes. the treats barely spread and rise, so get creative with your shapes.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, until golden.
  • keep in an airtight container or give as gifts!

NOTES

**NOTE: some dogs are allergic to flour/wheat. if you want to make these wheat free, you can use rice flour of coconut flour as a replacement. they will work, but might change the consistency a bit. thanks so much to the readers who wrote it about this!

**NOTE: I have heard that some peanut butter brands are including xylitol to cut the sugar in their pb. DO NOT USE any pb containing xylitol as it is toxic to dogs. Just check for natural pb and check the ingredients. Muah!

Thank you to The Cookie Rookie for this recipe!

Sweet Potato Sugar Cookies for Dogs

Boston Terrier wearing jesters hat sitting in chair at a table with a plate of decorated sugar cookies

You really can’t give dogs the kind of sugar that is in human sugar cookies. This recipe uses a novel ingredient – sweet potatoes – to give the cookie that sweet flavor without the sugar.

INGREDIENTS

1 sweet potato
2 1/2 C whole wheat flour*
1/4 C unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Prick sweet potato several times with a fork. Heat sweet potato in a microwave on high until tender, about 6 minutes. Cut potato in half and scoop flesh out of the skin into a bowl; discard skin. Mash potato with a fork or potato masher and transfer about 1 cup to a large bowl.

Mix whole wheat flour, applesauce, and eggs in the large bowl with the sweet potato until a dough forms. Turn dough out on a well-floured surface and roll dough to about 1/2-inch thick. Cut out shapes using a cookie cutter or cut dough into strips with a pizza cutter. Arrange cookies on an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake until crisp, 35 to 45 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

*Rice flour may be used if your dog has a wheat allergy.

Thank you to Holiday Barn for this recipe!

Christmas Dog Cookies with Icing

These cookies have dog safe icing, which is not always the easiest recipe to find.

Cookie Ingredients:

  • 2.5 Cups of Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Tablespoons of Honey
  • 1 Egg
  • Cookie cutters

Cookie Instructions:

  1. Mix together all dry ingredients in a large bowl
  2. Add egg and combine ingredients with wisk
  3. Add all natural peanut butter (don’t forget to stir before adding)
  4. Begin mixing the ingredients together and while mixing add one cup of water
  5. Once dough forms a ball add two tablespoons of honey
  6. Spread flour on work surfaces
  7. Roll out dough to a half an inch thick and cut into desired shapes
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden
  9. Let cool

Icing Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 Cup of Tapioca Starch
  • 2-3 Teaspoons of Low Fat Milk
  • Natural Food Coloring

Instructions:

  • Combine all icing ingredients except color (use as many batches as you want different colors)
  • Add food coloring to the icing to achieve the color you want and combine until consistent and smooth
  • Decorate your cookies!

Dog Cookies with Pumpkin

Dog in santa hat sitting next to small table with a plate of cookies, glass of milk, and a note that reads "For Santa"

If you have left over pumpkin puree from holiday baking, these dog cookies are the perfect solution to using it up!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter*
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, stir together pumpkin, peanut butter, and egg yolk until completely combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flours and baking powder.
  4. Gradually add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture until completely combined (dough will be quite dry).
  5. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and roll out to approximately 1/4″ thickness.
  6. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of dough and transfer cut out cookies to prepared cookie sheet, placing at least 1″ apart.
  7. Re-combine any dough scraps and re-roll and then cut out to use all of your dough.
  8. Bake cookies on 375F for 20 minutes for small cookies and 25 minutes for large cookies.
  9. Allow to cool completely before sharing with your pet.
  10. Keep uneaten cookies in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Thank you to Spend With Pennies for this recipe!

Dog Ginger Cookies

small white dog with antlers head band laying next to a cookie tray full of cookies

This is another variation of ginger cookies for dogs. These ingredients will make your whole house smell wonderful!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, whisk water, molasses and oil until blended. In a small bowl, whisk remaining ingredients until blended; stir into flour mixture (dough will be stiff).
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. squirrel-shaped or other cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. (Any leftover scraps of dough can also be baked to make free-form bite-size biscuits.)
  • Bake 25-30 minutes or until set. Remove from pan to wire racks to cool.

Thank you to Taste of Home for this recipe!

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